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Wiltshire, Berkshire
Shalbourne Church - - 99711.jpg
St Michael and All Angels
Grid reference: SU315630
Location: 51°22’48"N, 1°33’0"W
Post town: Marlborough
Postcode: SN8
Dialling code: 01672
Local Government
Council: Wiltshire

Shalbourne is a village and ancient parish lying across the borders of Wiltshire and Berkshire. The border crosses through the north of the village so that much of the village, including the parish church, is found in the latter shire. Nearby are dependent hamlets including Bagshot to the north, and Rivar and the village of Oxenwood, the latter two in Berkshire, to the south, all of which has been bundled into the same civil parish; about half of the parish of Shalbourne, and part of the village itself, lies in Berkshire.

At the 2001 census, the parish on both sides of the border had a population of 600.

Notable people

  • From 1608 until late 1637, tenants of the parish's Westcourt Manor included William Carpenter and his namesake son, both of whom emigrated to Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1638 on the Bevis from Southampton. The younger William Carpenter was a founder of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. The Rehoboth Carpenter family's descendants number in the tens of thousands, among whom are two U.S. presidents and a Project Mercury astronaut. William Carpenter [Jr.] married at Shalbourne in 1625 Abigail Briant, whose family had resided in the parish since at least the late 16th century.[1]
  • Jethro Tull, agricultural pioneer, owned a farm in the parish.

Notable buildings

The Anglican Church of St Michael and All Angels is Grade-II* listed. It dates from the 13th century and was partly rebuilt and extended by G.F. Bodley in 1873.[2][3] Stained glass by Henry Haig was added in 1995.

Also Grade II* listed are West Court farmhouse and Shalbourne Manor farmhouse.[4][5]


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